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The Slaves War The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves The first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freedGroundbreaking compelling and poignant The Slaves War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation s bloodiest conflic

  • Title: The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves
  • Author: Andrew Ward
  • ISBN: 9780618634002
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Slaves' War: The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves By Andrew Ward, The first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freedGroundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation s bloodiest conflict An acclaimed historian of nineteenth century and African American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of thoseThe first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freedGroundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation s bloodiest conflict An acclaimed historian of nineteenth century and African American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided Woven together from hundreds of interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen from not only battlefields, capitals, and camps, but also slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, farms, towns, and swamps Speaking in a quintessentially American language of wit, candor, and biblical power, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to vivid life From slaves theories about the causes of the war to their frank assessments of such major figures as Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant from their searing memories of the carnage of battle to their often startling attitudes toward masters and liberators alike and from their initial jubilation at the Yankee invasion of the slave South to the crushing disappointment of freedom s promise unfulfilled, The Slaves War is a transformative and engrossing vision of America s Second Revolution.

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    1. A collection of quotes from former slaves with a focus on the Civil War.This one s been sitting on my tbr pile for a while now February seemed a good month to read it Glad I did I learned some surprising insights that made it all worth it.The narrative is a bit disjointed at times since Andrew Ward is acting as a compiler editor than an author It s quote after quote with a statement or two that mostly sets up a section or acts as a bridge of ideas when needed Still, Ward relies on the former sl [...]

    2. I read Battle Cry of Freedom several months ago and felt immersed in the politics and battles of the Civil War It was excellent and comprehensive to say the least The Slaves War, though, fills in a gap that was missing the point of view of the slaves This book is told through slave narratives, so the result is a first person account of how the war affected black people as well as their masters who stayed home from the war I found it fascinating to read the mixed feelings slaves had toward their [...]

    3. A comprehensive look at the war from slaves perspectives As an American literature teacher, I m so grateful to have this resource for my lessons on slavery and the Civil War The book is about 60% quotes, and Ward s prose is spare, meant only to connect the dots and introduce the ideas.The book focuses unblinkingly on some of the problems faced by slaves during that time Those who escaped often ended up in disease ridden Contraband Camps Others were refugeed away from the front lines to places wh [...]

    4. In The Slaves War Andrew Ward uses various former slave narratives to add vibrancy to a tale recounting the major arcs of the Civil War As the attempt is noble and the history, important, I wish that I could say that I enjoyed this book than I actually did Structurally, Ward lays out principal events of the war as the framework to which dozens of former slaves are summoned and given brief moments to share their testimony From this effort, Ward teases an interesting, multi faceted picture of Sou [...]

    5. I saw Ward on the Daily Show, and thought the premise of the book was interesting, so I got it via interlibrary loan It s sort of oddly constructed he tells the story of the war in chronological order, by stitching together quotes from former slaves Reading the first chapter, I was suddenly reminded of the street scene in the movie Fallen where the demon transfers from one person to the next in a long series That s how the narrative feels, jumping from one former slave s recollections to the nex [...]

    6. The Slaves War does two very important things firstly, it takes the Civil War and shatters any romanticism surrounding it It wasn t romantic, it was an apocalypse Secondly, it takes the institution of slavery and personalizes it In this book slavery is not background to the Civil War Instead, former slaves who lived through the Civil War are put front and center, and they tell us about the war through their eyes The result is a first person account of the war, slavery, and Reconstruction that is [...]

    7. This is a very valuable history book, based on oral stories of former enslaved people They were often privy to intimate knowledge on the white masters, even as the latter tried to hide information from them Their descriptions on how Southerners and often Union army members too acted during the years of the war, definitely breaks much of the prevailing knowledge about the topic True, it is mostly tragic and painful, but also, sometimes funny and even joyful There is one scene that sticks in my mi [...]

    8. The Slaves War The Civil War in the Words of Former Slaves UNABRIDGED By Andrew WardNarrated by Richard AllenThis is the first narrative of the Civil War told by the very people that it freed Groundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation s bloodiest conflict.An acclaimed historian of 19th century and African American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it deci [...]

    9. Andrew Ward takes many slave narratives and weaves them together in a narrative of the Civil War from beginning to end, touching upon several themes along the way Some of the narratives sound like complete bullshit, others made me flinch, and others nearly brought a tear to my eye The slave experience isn t a completely straightforward topic, with tons of nuance and it runs the gamut of emotions Some slaves loved their masters and protected them others escaped and came back with the Union armies [...]

    10. Really cool book The author did research and presents stories, facts, folklore and detailed battle accounts about the civil war arena with first hand accounts from former slaves This book gives detailed accounts of how the slaves and the owners family huddled together and lived together in fear while the men were off at battle It recounts narratives from virtual witnesses to history who were present when key battle decisions were made It delves into mans cruelty to man and leaves you praying tha [...]

    11. Amazing I recommend It s fascinating to see the war from the point of view of the slave This is just a collection of letters by slaves or dictacted from their words but I wrong the book by saying just a collection It s a wonderful collection Edited snappily Quick read.Having slaves remember the war, and talk about how they didn t dare go out into the woods at night after a big battle because the vultures just couldn t hold everything they had eaten the day before Lord Some powerful stuff here.

    12. Reading the actual words of slaves about their thoughts during the Civil War is fascinating There are a lot of enlightening, sad and sometimes even funny tidbits that make the book worth reading Honestly, it was a little difficult to read though because the flow of the book is very jerky and erratic due to the fact that the majority of the book is derived from piecemeal interviews It is worth the read though.

    13. Bottom up historyjust the way I like itads like a piece of music and not structured thematically GIves one a panaroma from the people that counted the most, the enslaved Terrible, as in inciting terror in some parts Good read, perhaps necessary given today s racial tensions in the country.

    14. Fascinating, well researched collection of firsthand accounts All primary sources woven together by an excellent writer I can t recommend this book highly enough.

    15. You really should have a good working understanding of the civil war chronology and battle flow to follow the timeline and put the comments into perspective when reading this book It does cover the wide range of reactions from the ex slaves and gives a good understanding of the complexity and wide variety of relationships between slaves and owners just before and during the civil war.

    16. As one of the few books on this subject, The Slaves War is an important record, and Ward s scholarship is important However, I found the presentation a little lacking after awhile it just felt like a litany of quotes which it was.

    17. A little dry at times, but overall, a fascinating look at the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction in the words of former slaves.Some interesting tidbits There is a picture of Custer with his old friend, now his prisoner, Lt James Barroll Washington, CSA, George Washington s great great grandnephew I wonder what Washington would have said were he still alive.Lincoln set the slaves free and then got assassinated for doing it just as President William McKinley would be assassinated after [...]

    18. Full of fascinating personalities, this book The range of experience of the former slaves and freedmen and women whose quoted words form most of the book s text are so diverse, each having experienced the war in a different place and from a slightly different perspective, each having different responses to the events they saw or heard about, and each with different hopes for the outcome The book s final chapter is heartbreaking many former slaves having found life after the war almost as constra [...]

    19. Fascinating companion to other civil war reading, but I wouldn t listen to it on its own as it really only sketches in the greater context That is to leave room to highlight the slave voices, and it s as it should be, but I think one would feel a bit lost just reading this.The voices themselves are great At times I thought it would have been coherent to follow four or five people through the whole war, instead of getting different voices for each topic or period, though we do run into some peop [...]

    20. This was not what I expected from the cover flap nor from an interview with the author During the interview words such as homefront and civilian were used However, the book spent time discussing the troop movements with slave narrative entries included to describe the troop movements Very little was included about the homefront or those left in slavery The book was ok, some of the writing a little less than I d have expected from a multi published author I would recommend the book for a general [...]

    21. I like rounding out my history with narratives, diaries, etcof the un famous people who were at the scene when possible This was a horrible time and it certainly was a painful read What humans could do to each other and sadly still happens in some countries just makes me incredibly depressed.It was interesting to hear that some slaves actually were against being liberated Either they didn t have it so bad or they were totally brainwashed by their Masters I agree with other reviews of this book, [...]

    22. Take the narratives of hundreds perhaps thousands of slaves during the civil war on various topics such as their owners antebellum behavior, transporting written communications, Sherman s march to the sea, and the destruction of Atlanta and weave them together in the span of about three hundred pages What do you get Some interesting and tasty morsels, but not a very satisfying meal There are too many people, no one to latch on to and start to care about, and the subject changed so often and a en [...]

    23. A must read for anyone interested in the human history of the Civil War This fascinating book consists largely of quotes taken from the vast number of interviews conducted by the WPA during the Depression, in which African Americans who had been born into slavery were interviewed about what they recalled about their lives before Emancipation While the topic may sound dry, I found the book impossible to put down More than anything else I have read, it gave me a sense of slavery from the side that [...]

    24. Fascinating and often heart rending book about the Civil War as seen by the slaves of the South Most of the information comes from WPA interviews that were done in the 1930s, and these first hand accounts are organized into the years and places of the Civil War This is a perspective I had never seen before in a Civil War history this way Definitely worth the time for Civil War buffs or anyone interested in the history of the US and the people who spent so many years in bondage.

    25. As a whole the book was very enlightening on role everyone played during the Civil War I found it somewhat disconcerting because it seemed to jump around And lets face it I don t know that much about the Civil War, so it was difficult to follow the threads I think it might have helped if I read the notes at the end of the book first They are a must read to fully understand the perspective of the book and the author

    26. I actually did not finish this book I picked it up because it sounded interesting Academically this was interesting, however I felt like it just wasn t doing it for me It was well written and researched, but I was just bored with it I think this is particularly because of the way it was written It is also probably because I am just not that interested in the minutia of American History.

    27. This was a fantastic idea for a book, it is clearly obvious that it was well researched, and a lot of work went into melting personal passages with a chronological historical aspect.I just think it was too sanitized knowing the horrors that occurred, it s plain that too much was omitted from these personal accounts.

    28. Finally finished Well written and extremely thorough, at times I found the author s exhaustive approach to be exhausting But what a wealth of information, and an important perspective to tell the story of the Civil War era entirely in the voices of slaves I d really go 3.5 stars for the places it dragged, but I ll round up for the importance of the book.

    29. Fascinating approach to history in as much as its reconstructed via the diary entry of its participants, in this case slaves Most interesting insight for me in this book was the degree to which some segment of slaves did not want to be free They enjoyed the security of slavery and were afraid of the risk of freedom Very telling point about human nature, and not a dilemma for slaves only, eh

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